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About

Our Mission

 

West Windsor Arts cultivates the artist within us all, while inspiring a creative community that is engaged, inclusive and equitable.

Strategic Plan

Learn more about West Windsor Arts Council’s vision, goals, and next steps in our Strategic Plan.

Our History

West Windsor Arts was created because a group of local citizens came together out of deep community spirit and a belief in the transformative power of the arts.

It all began in 2002 when these community members and West Windsor Mayor Shing-Fu Hsueh convened the Mayor’s Art Center Formation Task Force with the goal to reinvigorate the historic Princeton Junction Firehouse into an arts center. They sought to create a welcoming place that would encourage and nurture individuals on their personal creative journeys and provide top-notch arts and culture programming. Soon after, they applied for and received 501(c)3 nonprofit status from the IRS.

In September 2010, after years of planning and fundraising by the community, the art center opened in the historic 1931 firehouse under a ten-year lease from the township. The firehouse had once been the site of dances, receptions, and bandage-rolling events during World War II. Now, the organization and center once again serve as a gathering point for the greater West Windsor community presenting arts education classes and camps, community outreach events and rental space, select performances in theater, music, and dance, literary events, and art exhibitions.

The Covid-19 pandemic greatly impacted the operations of West Windsor Arts – for nearly one and a half years, the building remained closed, staff worked from home, and the organization experienced grave financial hardship. However, the mission was sustained through excellent leadership, engaging virtual programming, and supportive partnerships. Having successfully returned to in person events and programs in the summer of 2021, we now lead the community back to our full roster of programs.

Support

We are grateful to the following for grant support to our programs and initiatives.

Our Team

Board of Trustees

Mikel Cirkus, President
Sashi Sreekanth, Vice President
Jyotika Bahree, Secretary
Ann Zawartkay, Treasurer
Alisa Algava
Vishnu Enjapoori
Maureen Connolly-Hersh
Elane Gutterman+
Andrew Morris
Aarti Nathan
Kristen Oberlin

Former Trustees

Vijay Aluwalia
Sherri Andrews+
Lovepreet Buttar
Paul Cerna+
Shefali Shah Chong
Gary Chun
Diane Ciccone
Jasmine Dadlani
Krupali Desai
Ilene Dube+
Holly Singer Eland
Brenda F. Engel*
Jerry Fields
Amy Frankel
Doreen Garelick
Kerri Hamm+
Gina Holland
Bhavana Joshi
Kerry Kandel
Heidi Kleinman
Peter Ligeti
Brandi Marsh

Allen Marx
Ina Brosseau Marx
Brenda Mikeo
Gail Mitchell
Julia R. Myers*
Jeff Nathanson
Ruth Kusner Potts+
James Puglia
Dale Roylance*
Ashima Saksena
Carol Schepps
Karen Schoenitz
Richard S. Snedeker
Connie Tell
Jeff Tryon
Lisa Weil+
Karen Yee
Dan Zibman
Elizabeth Zibman*

* We remember
+ Past President

Arts Advisory Council

Jaime An-Wong
Kristin Appelget
Jasmine Dadlani
Ilene Dube
Kerri Hamm
Renee Kumar
Heidi Kleinman
Ann Marie Miller
Jeff Nathanson
Ruth Kusner Potts
Karen Schoenitz

Professional Staff

Aylin Green

Aylin Green

Executive Director

Kaveri Kalawar

Kaveri Kalawar

Director of Operations

Kirsten Sanford

Kirsten Sanford

Education Manager

Kimberly Schimmel

Kimberly Schimmel

Outreach Programs Manager

Contact Us / Visit West Windsor Arts Center

West Windsor Arts Center

West Windsor Arts Council
952 Alexander Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Phone: (609) 716-1931
Click for driving directions …

952 Alexander Road
Princeton Junction, NJ 08550

Phone: (609) 716 – 1931
Summer hours: Mon-Fri 9 am – 6 pm

Directions to West Windsor Arts Center

From Route 1 North and South: Take Alexander Road East/Princeton Junction exit (off Route 1 South, take second Alexander Road exit). Stay on Alexander Road and go to the traffic circle over the railroad tracks. At circle turn left to continue on Alexander Road.  The West Windsor Arts Center (former Princeton Junction Firehouse) is approximately 0.2 m on your right. Follow Directions for Parking as mentioned. From the New Jersey Turnpike: Take Exit 8 (Hightstown/East Windsor). After tolls, take Route 33 East and follow signs for Route 133 (bypass) West. Take Route 133 West to Route 571 West (Princeton-Hightstown Road). Stay on Route 571 West for approximately 8 miles. Turn left onto Alexander Road. The West Windsor Arts Center (former Princeton Junction Firehouse) will be approximately  0.3 m on your left. Park in the lot adjacent or follow directions to park in the Wallace Road Permit Lot provided below.

Parking for Arts Center Events

Monday – Friday before 6 PM: Limited free parking is available in the lot adjacent to the arts center.

Monday-Friday after 6 pm and All Day Saturday and Sunday: Visitors to the West Windsor Arts Center are permitted to park in the Wallace Road Permit Lot for an event after 6 pm Monday–Friday and any time if the event is held on a Saturday or Sunday.  Please use the marked sidewalks along Alexander Road to and from the arts center.

[Click here to download a PDF]

Directions to Wallace Road Permit Lot

From Route 1: Follow above directions but after turning left at the circle continue on Alexander Road and the very next left is Wallace Road.  Once on Wallace Road, make a left into the Permit Lot and proceed to the far end of the lot as close to Alexander Road as you can park. Watch for signs and walk across Wallace onto the marked crosswalk on the left side of Alexander Rd.  Proceed on the sidewalk until you reach Berrien Ave.  Prepare to cross Alexander at the Berrien Ave intersection but keep in mind that Alexander if very heavily trafficked so proceed with caution.  Once you cross Alexander you will now walk on the right hand side of Alexander for a few hundred feet until you reach the West Windsor Arts Center at 952 Alexander Road.

From Route 571:  Turn onto Alexander Road.  When you reach Scott Ave., turn right.  Proceed to the stop sign (Wallace Rd.) and then turn left.  Watch for the entrance to the Wallace Road Permit Lot on your right and immediately before the stop sign at Alexander Road.  Once you enter the permit lot, park as close to the entrance as you can.  Watch for signs and walk across Wallace onto the marked crosswalk on the left side of Alexander Rd.  Proceed on the sidewalk until you reach Berrien Ave.  Prepare to cross Alexander at the Berrien Ave intersection but keep in mind that Alexander if very heavily trafficked so use extra caution.  Once you cross Alexander you will now walk on the right hand side of Alexander for a few hundred feet until you reach the West Windsor Arts Center at 952 Alexander Road.